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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:47 pm    Post subject: Best way to report spam via private message? Reply with quote

1)
Following user sent me (and probably others) spam via private message:
https://forums.gentoo.org/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=340248

2) The thread to report spammers (spam user accounts) is locked. I can't report it there.

3) Generally speaking, what is the best way to report private message spam?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the future, please use the Report violations, duplicates, misplaced posts, etc. thread. In this particular case, the user has already been banned because of a previous report in the reporting thread.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I had seen it, but I followed the link at the top of the thread, which links to
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-4445897.html#4445897
which is a locked thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. That's definitely a mixed message. Researching.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pilla wrote:
This will allow an easy method of contacting all moderators at one time.
  • Users:
    • If you spot what you believe to be a duplicate post, please post a link to it here. In addition, include a link to what is being duplicated.
    • If you find a post you think belongs in a different forum, let us know.
    • Avoid multiple reports of spam:
      • If a user's posts are all spam, report the user, not the posts.
      • Review this thread after submitting a report. Please delete your report if someone beat you to the punch.
    • Any other post that you think requires moderation (violations of Guidelines, broken BBcode, etc.).

  • Moderators:
    • Please delete posts after you've addressed them.
Thanks in advance.

(original post from pjp)

2009-06-03: Added spam reporting tips. --timeBandit


The link to fix is the one in the red item above.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I know. I was just consulting with my fellow moderators on the history. I've removed the link from the first post of the reporting thread.

Thanks for reporting the inconsistency.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:53 pm    Post subject: ><)))°€ Reply with quote

I don't think I see it as an inconsistency.

I do think I always saw it as an example on how not to report a user... multiple times. ^^
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The link I removed (no text was removed but just a hyperlink) referred to separate user reporting thread, which was locked. The text guidance still recommends reporting the user instead of the post, in the instance that all of the user's posts are spam.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye.

I guess what I'm saying is that I maybe feel it might not be a too bad of an idea to still have a link to the thread somewhere there, as an example, but we'll probably survive without, too!
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the original author of the offending (or at least, baffling ;)) link, perhaps I can shed some light. Note it was a link to a post, not a thread; specifically this post:
Once upon a time, I wrote:
I suspect a lot of people overlook the "Report this user" feature.

A suggestion to all, when you want to report a spam post:
1. Click the Profile button at the bottom of the post.
2. Check the link at the right margin, just above the profile box. If it reads "This user has been reported," you can stop. If it reads "Report this user," use it. :)
The intent was to provide instructions on the most efficient way to report a spammer while not cluttering the reporting thread with more boilerplate, thereby making it even less likely to be read.

The thread in question was never a reporting thread. It was a dumping ground where the moderators moved duplicate spammer reports, to make the point that only one report was needed for the banhammers to lock on to a target. I don't recall when or why it was locked but it was probably when the flood of duplicate reports subsided.
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